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Maybin gets second opinion

After being examined by Marlins physicians in South Florida recently, Cameron Maybin was recommended to get a second opinion.

The 23-year-old center fielder paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., who examined his shoulder. The encouraging news is Maybin doesn’t have any significant damage to his left shoulder.

Maybin has been diagnosed with left bursitis in his left biceps/shoulder area. The inflammation is being treated, and he should be doing baseball activities in about a week.

Optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 17, Maybin has not played for the Zephyrs since July 1. In eight games at New Orleans, he is batting .357 (10-for-28) with five walks and four strikeouts.

Maybin opened the season as the Marlins starting center fielder. He appeared in 51 games and was batting .225 with five homers and 19 RBIs before being optioned.

Maybin’s playing time was reduced after Mike Stanton was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville on June 8.

Hampered by a left shoulder problem since last year, Maybin had surgery on the shoulder following the 2009 season.

In other Triple-A news, infielder Brian Barden, who was designated for assignment on July 3, is expected to join the Zephyrs on Thursday.

— Joe Frisaro

Murphy added, Barden designated

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said he plans on using his bench more.

A different part was added to the roster on Saturday. Before facing the Braves at Turner Field, the team selected the contract of infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A New Orleans.

Infielder Brian Barden was designated for assignment.

Rodriguez has more familiarity with Murphy, having managed him at New Orleans.

Barden, meanwhile, had the backing of former Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez, who was dismissed on June 23. Former Marlins bench coach Carlos Tosca, who also was let go that day, was high on Barden since they both were in the Arizona system.

A defensive specialist, Barden can still remain in the organization, if he isn’t traded, clears waivers and accepts the assignment.

Barden was regarded as the Marlins best defensive player. He can play shortstop, as well as all the infield spots.

But at the plate, Barden struggled, going 5-for-28 (.179) with 12 strikeouts. His last hit was on May 18. He was 0-for-9 after striking out in a pinch-hit appearance on Friday night since his two-run single on May 18.

Murphy, meanwhile, batted .277 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 57 games. In Spring Training, Murphy batted .351 in 18 games. He almost made the roster, but that selection went to Barden.

Both can play shortstop, which is something the Marlins look for in their super utility player.

Murphy last was in the big leagues with the A’s in 2008.

— Joe Frisaro




Hanley out of lineup Sunday

Hanley Ramirez tweaked his right hamstring while running out a double in the eighth inning in Saturday night’s 9-8 loss in 11 innings to the Rays at Sun Life Stadium.

Ramirez was out of the starting lineup on Sunday, but he was available to pinch-hit. The All-Star shortstop came in early for treatment.

The Marlins are off on Monday, and there is a chance he can be in the lineup on Tuesday at Baltimore.

Sunday lineup:

1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Dan Uggla, 2B

4) Ronny Paulino, C

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brian Barden, SS

9) Josh Johnson, P

— Joe Frisaro


Hanley benched for lack of effort

Hanley Ramirez fouled a ball off his lower left leg in the first inning on Monday night, and an inning later, he was out of the game.

The reason he was removed, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, was a lack of effort after he was shaken up.

“We expect an effort from 25 guys on this team, when that doesn’t happen, we’ve got to do something,” Gonzalez said after the Marlins lost 5-1 to the Diamondbacks.

On the foul ball, the Marlins All-Star shortstop was hobbled, and although he continued to play, he wasn’t right.

Gonzalez didn’t rule out Ramirez not playing on Tuesday.

Ramirez fouled a 93 mph fastball from Arizona’s Edwin Jackson. Initially he was trying to walk it off, until he stopped and hunched over. Gonzalez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak tended to Ramirez, who resumed his at-bat.

He collected himself on the next pitch, he bounced into a 6-4-3 double play.

In the second inning, Ramirez was involved in a play where he was clearly slowed. The Diamondbacks put runners on first and second with no outs. Tony Abreu lifted a soft popup that dropped in short left field.

With left fielder Chris Coghlan charging in, Ramirez was sprinting out for the ball. As the shortstop reached for the ball, he inadvertently booted it into the left field corner.

Not at full speed, Ramirez slowly chase on the ball, as two runners scored and Abreu ended up at third base. He was charged with an error, and the Diamondbacks scored three runs in the inning, with two earned.

When the Diamondbacks half of the second inning ended, Ramirez and Gonzalez had a few words before the shortstop headed to the clubhouse.

Brian Barden replaced Ramirez at the top of the third inning.

Ramirez is batting .293 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs on the season.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins shuffle lineup

The Marlins will have a revamped lineup on Thursday night when they face the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

The pitching matchup features Josh Johnson against Johan Santana.

Brian Barden is getting his first start of the season at second base on Thursday, with Dan Uggla getting the night off.

Earlier on Thursday, the Marlins optioned outfielder Bryan Petersen to Triple-A New Orleans, and recalled catcher Brett Hayes.


1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Brian Barden, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

8) Brett Carroll, RF

9) Josh Johnson, P

— Joe Frisaro





Marlins lineup for Wednesday

Cody Ross still isn’t feeling 100 percent, bothered by flu-like symptoms. So the right fielder was out of the starting lineup again on Wednesday. Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Tuesday that he was hoping to give Brian Barden a start.

Barden was in the lineup at shortstop in the series finale with the Padres. For the first time this season, Hanley Ramirez isn’t starting.

The Marlins and Padres have split the first two games of the series, with the finale set for 12:10 p.m. ET.








1) Jerry Hairston, Jr.

2) David Eckstein, 2B

3) Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4) Chase Headley, 3B

5) Kyle Blanks, LF

6) Scott Hairston, CF

7) Oscar Salazar, RF

8) Yorvit Torrealba, C

9) Kevin Correia, P









1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Wes Helms, 3B

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Brett Carroll, RF

8) Brian Barden, SS

9) Nate Robertson, P


— Joe Frisaro


Marlins roster set

With no more exhibition games to play, the Marlins on Saturday made their final moves to set their active and 40-man rosters.

Following an 8-7 loss to their low Class A Greensboro affiliate, the Marlins announced several transactions.

Outfielder Brett Carroll was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Carroll is on the DL, retroactive to March 26. Reliever Brian Sanches, who suffered a hamstring injury on Friday night, also will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

The Marlins also selected the contracts of infielders Brian Barden and Mike Lamb. Reliever Jose Veras also had his contract selected.

These moves set the 25-man roster.

The 40-man roster also has been set, as right-hander Cristhian Martinez and outfielder Jai Miller were designated for assignment. The roster now is at 40.

The Marlins now head to New York to get ready for Opening Day on Monday against the Mets at Citi Field.

The team will work out at Citi Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

For now, outfielder Cody Ross is on the active roster. Ross, recovering from a mild right calf strain, is hopeful to be in the Opening Day lineup. As a precaution, outfielder Scott Cousins will also head to New York, just in case a last minute decision is made to place Ross on the disabled list.

The Marlins roster includes 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

The position players are: Ronny Paulino, John Baker, Gaby Sanchez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, Hanley Ramirez, Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Ross, Wes Helms, Emilio Bonifacio, Barden and Lamb.

The pitchers are: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad, Nate Robertson, Leo Nunez, Veras, Wood, Burke Badenhop, Clay Hensley, Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer.

Designating Miller wasn’t completely unexpected. The Marlins Triple-A outfield will feature Bryan Petersen, Cousins and Jason Lane. And the organization has outfield depth at the Double-A level, with top prospect Mike Stanton in right field.

— Joe Frisaro


Final roster spots appear set

Nothing has been announced yet, but look for Brian Barden, Mike Lamb, Clay Hensley and Jose Veras to be the non-roster invitees to make the team.

Barden appears to have won the final bench spot. Lamb will be the primary lefty bat off the bench.

Cody Ross hasn’t ruled out playing on Opening Day. Ross may play in a Minor League game in the next day or so.

Bryan Petersen is being reassigned to Minor League camp.

Non-roster invitees Hector Luna and Donnie Murphy didn’t make the team.

The final roster, for now, seems to be:

C – John Baker, Ronny Paulino

1B – Gaby Sanchez

2B – Dan Uggla

SS – Hanley Ramirez

3B – Jorge Cantu

LF – Chris Coghlan

CF – Cameron Maybin

RF – Cody Ross

Bench – Mike Lamb, Wes Helms, Brian Barden, Emilio Bonifacio

Starting pitchers – Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad, Nate Robertson

Bullpen – Leo Nunez, Renyel Pinto, Dan Meyer, Brian Sanches, Jose Veras, Burke Badenhop, Clay Hensley

DL – Brett Carroll

Carroll strained his left oblique, and he will go on the DL retroactive to March 26. The earliest he can be activiated is April 10. Carroll will remain in Jupiter when the team heads to Jacksonville for Friday.

Carroll took some swings on Wednesday off the tee. He again will do some light hitting on Thursday. He says he is making progress. The plan is for him to play for Class A Jupiter in their home opener on April 8.

If Ross isn’t ready for Opening Day, Emilio Bonifacio is a possibility to play right field. Boni started in right field on Thursday in the Marlins final Grapefruit League game.

— Joe Frisaro



McClung released

The Marlins bullpen situation is almost figured out.

On Tuesday, veteran Seth McClung, who was in camp on a Minor League deal, was released.

The move narrows down the final bullpen spot to either Tim Wood or Rick VandenHurk, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

The last bench reserve spot is between Brian Barden, Donnie Murphy or Hector Luna.

— Joe Frisaro


Speculating on final roster

For weeks, Marlins coaches and officials have been evaluating. Now, the time is getting close to make the tough final decisions and set the 25-man roster.

Opening Day is a week away (April 5 at the Mets), and there are still some unanswered questions.

On Monday, the Marlins did settle who will be the starting first baseman. As expected, Gaby Sanchez was given the nod when Logan Morrison was reassigned to Minor League camp. Morrison will start off at Triple-A New Orleans. Don’t discount the 22-year-old making an impact at some point during the season. A year ago, Chris Coghlan was in Triple-A until May, and he went on to become the N.L. Rookie of the Year.

The rotation also has come together, with Clay Hensley securing the fifth spot.

Still to be resolved are at least one bench player, as well as a bullpen spot.

Over the past few days, Marlins personnel evaluators have been in Jupiter, consulting and meeting. Final moves can happen any day now.

While nothing has been officially announced, for recreational purposes, here is a look at how the 25-man roster may shake down. There are a few factors that will come into play, like how players fit into the 40-man roster. Currently, nine non-roster invitees are still in camp.

Again, this is for conversational purposes only, and not an officially announced 25-man squad.

Catchers: John Baker, Ronny Paulino

Infielders: Gaby Sanchez, Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Wes Helms, Brian Barden, Mike Lamb

Outfielders: Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Cody Ross, Emilio Bonifacio

Starting pitchers: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad, Clay Hensley

Bullpen: Leo Nunez (closer), Brian Sanchez, Jose Veras, Burke Badenhop, Tim Wood, Renyel Pinto, Dan Meyer

On this projected roster, there are four non-roster invitees who will have to be added to the 40-man roster — Hensley, Lamb, Barden and Veras. Currently, there are 37 on the 40-man. So that means, if they all make it, one current 40-man player would be removed.

The Marlins did clear a 40-man spot when pitcher Hayden Penn was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Monday.

Barden, Donnie Murphy and Hector Luna are are vying for a utility position. All three are non-roster invitees. Murphy has impressed several other teams who have been watching him in camp. But Barden may secure the job. Working in Barden’s favor is his ability to play shortstop defensively at a high level. Of all the players in camp, Barden appears to be the best insurance policy to Ramirez. Barden also can play left field.

Bonifacio, of course, is a natural middle infielder. For now, it looks like he will be used in a super utility role previously held by Alfredo Amezaga.

The Marlins appear to be leaning toward not carrying a primary backup outfielder. Bryan Petersen, a highly regarded prospect, has impressed. But he likely will be in Triple-A.

The Marlins don’t have the need for a regular outfield backup because the starters — Coghlan, Maybin and Ross — won’t be replaced for defensive purposes. Now, if there is an injury situation, the team would likely make a move to call up an outfielder. Brett Carroll, who will open the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, is an option once he is healthy. Jai Miller, Scott Cousins and Petersen (if he doesn’t make the team) are other choices.

Barden also gives some flexibility if the Marlins slide Cantu over to first base in the late innings. The Marlins could go with Barden or Helms at third, or use them as pinch-hitters. Lamb is expected to be the lefty bat off the bench.

Gaby Sanchez adds value in the fact he could be the emergency third catcher. This is important because it means either Baker or Paulino — the catcher who doesn’t start — could be used as a pinch-hitter.

The bullpen battles have been tightly contested all spring. Seth McClung, a non-roster invitee, has more big league experience than Wood. McClung alsohas a clause that allows him to opt out of his contract on April 1. Not being on the 40-man roster may work against McClung and for Wood.

If Wood makes the team, he would be a middle relief candidate. The hard-throwing right-hander has been impressive in camp, and his slider has improved.

Badenhop is a long relief, and spot starter candidate. He’s had a solid spring. Veras has been throwing 95 mph all spring, and he has big league experience in a setup role.

Much can still change in the next few days. But the picture of how the team may look is becoming a bit more clear.

— Joe Frisaro